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    Default An interesting map: the Roman Empire at its greatest extent

    ~ 117 AD

    Quite impressive, isn't it? Take into account it did not expand at the expense of people who lacked technology to defend themselves, like with more modern European colonial empires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ubirajara View Post
    Take into account it did not expand at the expense of people who lacked technology to defend themselves, like with more modern European colonial empires.
    In some cases it did... The Roman conquests were also much more gradual and went on over the course of centuries whilst the colonial empires in some cases conquered much more rapidly.

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    Gradual conquest and assimilation. I don't think Rome's capacity for conquest is what's at all impressive about it. Plenty of Empires faced people who were sure as shit capable of defending themselves and at times like with the Mongols; some peoples managed to subjugate peoples who were vastly more knowledgeable, well-equipped and civilized than them. What I admire about Rome was its longevity and how long it maintained its rule over many areas. I mean sure; it broke apart, went from a Republic to an Empire and from a Kingdom to a Republic before that but it's really staggering to realize that the Roman legacy began with the Kingdom of Rome at around 750 BC~ and then died with the Byzantines well into the bloody middle ages.

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    It is impressive for the era considering what an administrative nightmare it must have been.

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    You guys should check out the game Rome 2 Total War. I'm thinking of buying it. Very good way of reliving empire building in those eras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redifflal View Post
    It is impressive for the era considering what an administrative nightmare it must have been.
    You should check out Han China, much more detailed record keeping, they pulled it off quite well, but of course today such states would have been considered very corrupt and hardly ideal. I dont admire any of these empires, any more than i admire any subjugation of peoples, i do however find them interesting...
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